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Grateful Dead Live at Meadowlands Arena on 1988-04-01

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Grateful Dead Live at Meadowlands Arena on 1988-04-01

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This show has been commercially released as "Road Trips: Vol 4, Number 2"

Mississippi Half Step-> Jack Straw-> To Lay Me Down, Ballad Of A Thin Man, When Push Comes To Shove, Minglewood Blues, Cumberland Blues, Deal China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Jam-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat-> Throwing Stones-> Not Fade Away, E: Brokedown Palace

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Meadowlands Arena
Location East Rutherford, NJ

Source Ultramatrix (SBD/AUD mix)
Lineage DAT> ?> CD> SHN; via Raul; Seeded to etree by Peter Braverman


Source: Ultramatrix (SBD/AUD mix)
Lineage: DAT> ?> CD> SHN; via Raul; Seeded to etree by Peter Braverman


Reviewer: Albetoken - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 2, 2017
Subject: Brendan Byrne
I remember the shuttle buses from MSG out to Byrne. So much good energy. The Boys did not disappoint.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 2, 2016
Subject: -
The SBD is not the nicest/clearest one I've heard; the show is fantastic, a true gem of the late 80's, my period. The extremely psychedelic treatment of the Other One out of Space is a treat I would have reveled in at age 19, had I been there, realizing the promise of the excellent 1st set (albeit followed by a workmanlike 1st half of 2nd set. This Other One breaks boundaries of rock, experimental, jazz and audio-theatrical art, and it wouldn't surprise me to hear it called the best Other One of the year.
Reviewer: mjkongo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 11, 2015
Subject: Roasted
Wow! Jerry just roasted that solo at the end of Deal!
Reviewer: feather0926 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 10, 2011
Subject: Road Trip?????????? announced today that this entire show is available for preorder. The release date is according to "sometime in February". I'm on the fence about the news however this is a solid 4**** show. To Lay Me Down is bliss.
Reviewer: Mr_PeaCH - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2010
Subject: TLMD
Well of course I'll always take a listen to anything with Charlie Miller's name on it but this matrix is pretty darn good as is.

And OMG... the comments about To Lay Me Down... I am in tears as I listen and type this. Just had to comment. Truth people.
Reviewer: utopian - - March 27, 2010
Subject: Bigtime upgrade in circulation
Go to the miller upgrade

it's way better sq
Reviewer: Longnstrange - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 1, 2010
Subject: What's not to love?
Great sound.
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 7, 2009
Subject: 4-1-88
A very strong performance. Nice matrix by Peter Braverman.
Reviewer: John Bouffard - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 15, 2009
Subject: Lost My Boots In Jersey!
Whole show is worth listening to, from Half Step to Brokedown, not a clunker in the bunch. I am in agreement with the poster below about To Lay Me Down. It is so powerful and perfectly played. RIP Captain.
Just look at that set list
Tops in 88.
Reviewer: TheSpectrum - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 31, 2008
Subject: Concrete city - East Rutherford in 1988
I remember sleeping in the parking lot of the Giants stadium; come show time we all funneled like villagers to the Brendan Byrne Arena over thruways and up/down huge steps to get-it-good in the arena.

Once in it warmed up nicely. It truly was a great time.

88' was the year I graduated high school so that made it even more special.
Reviewer: - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 1, 2007
Reviewer: cosmicTraveller - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 15, 2007
Subject: woo hoo!
the whole show is hot! the band is definitely feeling it. bobby's manic screaming at the end of estimated prophet drew a broad grin on my face. second set jamming is wonderful :)
Reviewer: dmilks - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 18, 2006
Subject: 4/1/88
Goodness, what a first set!

The Little Bunny Foo Foo tuning b4 Half Step is cut from this version...Oh well. Other than that....5 stars!! O1 is just crazy!

All three nights of this run just kept getting hotter every night. This night things were in flames.

I think uwf sums it up pretty well.
Reviewer: And another thing - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 13, 2006
Subject: WOW!
If you can listen to 'To lay me down' through headphones and not get the chills and tears in your eyes then YOU are the one who is dead. This is an example of the boys being ON!
Reviewer: gruUbic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 4, 2006
Subject: GD April Fools 1988
Fantastic Recording -- good levels. Makes me think needs a longer rating scale. This and a 77 Englishtown show are SO different -- but both definitely are 5's, no?

Jerr's on a crusade tonight at the Byrne from the day daddy sat down and cried...He bags the kitty HARD!

Check it: Half Step, Lay me down (so sweet), Push comes to shove (crispy clear JG strong vocals) -- Cumberland (off the tracks!) then into Deal...xcellent

China (very hot) > Rider - solid.
how bout Wharf rat???
Brokedown encore?
Wicky wicky Waaaaaahhhhh!!

Heads exploded -- I swear! Bobby and ALL the Boyz are solid thruout...

but on this night,
its all about the master.
Reviewer: uwf - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 24, 2006
Subject: best live performance I ever saw -- the recording proves it
In my modest 9 years of following the Dead (86 - 95), this is simply the best live performance I ever saw. I never heard Jerry sing so clearly or play so energetically at a live performance. 18 years after seeing this show, I have not recovered from the effects of the jam at the end of Deal. My life was altered by the music I heard at this concert; it's that simple. You owe it to yourself to have a listen.
Reviewer: jercarded - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 26, 2006
Subject: first show
This was my first show. it was very hard to get in. i was lucky to scalp a ticket. the scene looking back at that night was very busy especially for my 17 year old ass that just got his license 2 weeks prior and a bag of goodies an hour before.
this show is a perfect example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. very tight and very high energy. it has that locomotive feel to it....just about to fall off the tracks quicksilver slipperiness to it. 7/15/04 has the locomotive feel to it but on a mellower scale. the minglewood, cumberland, deal trio is a testament to that high energy and seems unique to this least in feel. the second set is just so perfect. i think that this is what JG was referring to as when his playing is sp effortlessly easy that it might seem boring. although i dont find it boring. that little waterfall intro into Eyes is so pretty. I have never heard anyone play so pretty like Jerry. The sound is a bit tinny for me but will never disctract or be a deterrent to listening. Jerry's singing is very innocent when phil listened to the AB recordings from 1970 and says how innocent Jerry sounded...1987 & 1988 show that same innocence (for lack of a better word). I listened to this show about a month after JG died on the way to work. it was a gorgeous sunny crisp North Carolina morning and i listened to the 1/2 Step. Hearing JG tear into that solo out of 1/2 Step just killed me....the sun, the solo, and the final acceptance that it was over and never would come back. Very emotional experience.
Great show that i will always remember.
Reviewer: Charbroiled - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 22, 2005
Subject: Worst Arena on East Coast
Brendan Byrne was the worst place to go see a show on the whole east coast - nasty jersey troopers and security (troopers in training) yellow jackets in the lot. With that said this was one of the best shows I saw there and thanks to the girl who stubbed my brother and me down during Jack - Spring was good to us Hampton April Fools and Little Red Wooster in 88 - You know something is happening but you don't know what is do you MR JONES!!!! 4 stars solid show but nothing over the top, nice quality Matrix.
Reviewer: jboyaquar - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 6, 2005
Subject: It's Getting Better All the Time
1st Set: Apparently, Jerry hasn't left the stage since last night as he's simply magical during the last few minutes of "Mississippi." NYC is held in high regard as Bobby counters with the beloved "Jack." The verses are rather rushed, and the climax isn't as powerful as previous reviews have hinted. It's always a treat to grab my fondest, and sing-along to the romance of "To Lay me Down." Oh my, is this the first ever "Ballad of a Thin Man," and I think it succeeds quite nicely without building to any crescendo. Tonally, "Push" is a good call though Bobby's guitar is annoyingly clanging more than usual. Now it's time to grab that little lady and get dirty, "Minglewood." Bobby enthusiastically sings away and the energy's solid throughout. I ain't complainin that they're headed for "Cumberland" territory. Wow, that got nice and toasty...I'd be sweatin a storm by now. Wowsers, and the heat only continues to build as this is one of the finest "Deal's" I've ever heard. YES!! Everyone's connecting on all cylinders. Bobby: "Back in just ever so little bit."

2nd Set: We're always stepping with the right foot with a pokey, exemplary played "China." The jam is quite involving. "Rider" is sturdy and resilient. Immediately upon its arrival, everyone digs the "Estimated" as the evening's next selection. It's manna; providing me a bountiful amount of smiles. It's evident that Jerry and thereby the rest of the band is becoming increasingly confident in reestablishing themselves as a 'jam' band. In '87 a combined "Estimated/Eyes" would not have gone over 17 minutes; these two versions are twenty one minutes plus. "Eyes" smoothly runs into "Drums." Bobby's clumsily slaying a fawn while Jerry and Brent's alchemy transforms it into something all together different. After "Space" things remain in the inferno; there are moments in "TOO" when the danger feels painstakingly real (5:20) Someone's voice sounds a bit sour though it's an admirable effort "Wharf." I'm not a fan of when Bobby adds too much decadent 'rock star' to a politically charged tune like "Throwing," but this version's decent anyways. "NFA" is brief and does a complete stop, but manages to shake me timbres.

The obvious "Breakdown" closes out a strong three night stand in the Jersey swamplands.

3 4/5 stars
Reviewer: hyperboy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 16, 2005
Subject: Energy!!!
Jack Straw! Yes! Awesome up tempo Jack Straw followed by To Lay Me Down. Oh, I love it! Jerry's outro lick on Jack Straw before the closing "we can share the women" lyric is so perfect!

Show = 4.5. Audio quality = 4. It's hard for me to give anything from 1987-1988 a 5. This is close.
Reviewer: captain_trip_420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 15, 2005
Subject: Ohhhhh ...
Great Show Overall, all previous mentioned..but check out the
Drums -> Space -> The Other One !
Reviewer: Liamfinnegan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 2, 2005
Subject: Are you kidding me with that Other One and Deal!
I was at this show, and I knew, dancing to Deal, that it was one of the best hands ever dealt- Royal Flush in my book, especially at the 5 minute mark through around 5:35.

The Other one is like a continuation of space all throughout the song. Listen to is mind blowing and trippy, with hallucinogenic vocal effects and the like.

Download this now
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 29, 2005
Subject: First set: DEAL
There are others out there better but this one is a killer - do not think the Half Step is worth the accolades it is given the Deal is though. You can FEEL this crowd and how hysterical everyone gets when Bobby calls em 'Jersey fillies' China>Rider is kickin Est>Eyes and white knuckle hot Other One clear through to the end sizzles....
Reviewer: mustabeenthedoses - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 26, 2005
Subject: Worth A listen
this Half Step is killer esp the ending jam as is the Ballad of a Thin Man, a fine version of the few that they did
Reviewer: pnc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 6, 2005
Subject: go for the dl!
Not alot to add to the other reviews...great sound, powerful set list!

Glad I was there...I remember it well.

Still, don't think I can go with 5 stars. (Its 5 stars for '88.)
Reviewer: Ghostinmachine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 6, 2005
Subject: The Kitchen Sink Show!!1
I took buses, trains, els, and taxis, to get to and from this show.. and I was 15 and lived right outside Philly... Talked a buddy of mine from school into makin' the "trip"... wound up not getting in would have been my 3rd show! As we we're leaving, this Dude was walking around with a "KITCHEN SINK" sayin' he would give anything!, even the kitchen sink for a ticket... that's how tight the Tix we're at this one... Believe me after you down load it.. you'll know why..... The "thin man" is worth it alone
Reviewer: pghas - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 6, 2004
Subject: What a great run...
all three of these shows were superb - I was fortunate enough to get a Healy board of this from a friend of the band within weeks of the show, and of my many tapes in my early years this one got the most play. I was ecstatic to find this posted and find that its the same exact recording with the amazing mix someone mentioned before. This wasn't the strongest or most varied on setlist grounds at all, but was my favorite show of the three because of the vibe that was just so there and translates so well onto the tape.

Other reviewers have lauded set one and I agree that set one is terrific; but set two just takes off, in my mind - the China>Rider is flawlessly executed, as is the Estimated, which melts gorgeouly into a very dreamy Eyes, one of my favorites of its style before the big bass drums of 89-90 years (which were also awesome but laid down a completely different feel, if you get my drift) took over and drove the song to a completely different place. The Wharf Rat>Throwin>NFA is also just flawless. It was as if they couldn't play a wrong note if they tried. Just a thing of beausty and among my 3 or 4 favorite shows I attended.
Reviewer: Joe Shlobotnick - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 6, 2004
Subject: Agreed!
Agreeing with one of the previous reviewers who stated this was one of those great first sets...

I was at this show, and when I laid my hands on a tape of it years later, it reminded me how my friends and I were giddy over the Minglewood/Cumberland/Deal package to end the set.

Second set is interesting in that there are four completely standard pairings of songs, on April Fools Day! Well played throughout, but the first set is the highlight of this show.
Reviewer: sid weiss - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 20, 2004
Subject: great sound quality get this show
great sound quality ...good all around show

5 stars for sound quality good versions here ...
Reviewer: JamBandJunky - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 9, 2004
Subject: This One Is Essential To Any Collection.
Mind blowing sound quality. In my opinion, one of the strongest first sets of the '80s. The tandem of "To Lay Me Down" and "Ballad of the Thin Man" is solid. Not to ruffle any feathers or detract from the magic of Hampton...but I feel these versions of "To Lay Me Down" and "Thin Man" were more focused and tightly played than on 3/27. You be the judge.
Reviewer: Nate C. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 4, 2004
Subject: There's just something about this show...
This is one of my all-time favorites and am so happy to finally see it up on since I lost it years ago and haven't seen it since. I love the ambiance of the recording and the band sounds absolutely wonderful - very tight and LOTS of energy. I think this version of Thin Man is probably my favorite Dylan cover by the Dead of all time. It's absolutely mesmerising. This one is completely worth downloading.
Reviewer: foolshheart - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 2, 2004
Subject: Great Show....
A nice representation of what was going down in 88'. The SBD>AUD mix is right on. Thanx for the post, used to have this CD years ago until it was lost.
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